There is now an additional tour in 2020 for Spoonbills: January 25-26. Would you like to join? Whoever signs up for both a Spoonbill (January 25-26 or May 2-3) and an Osprey tour (Mar 28-29) gets a $300 discount on the Osprey one.

Roseate Spoonbill taking off
Spoonbill with breeding colors taking off – Tampa Bay, Florida
ISO 1250 | f/4 | 1/1250 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II and the Canon EOS 7D mark II.

The image above is a rare capture of a take off in the making. This is the moment the bird first lifts its wing for the first powerful wing-beat that will make it airborne. I am really happy with the symmetry on this one. Take offs tend to be among the hardest action shots… They are very difficult to capture and frame well without good anticipation. It starts with being able to recognize some of the signs that the bird is likely to take off, then it takes good synchronization with the bird movement and last one needs to move the focus point accordingly… On the latter, it helps to move the focus a notch or two down from the central point!

Fluffed Spoonbill - Florida Photography Workshop
Spoonbill fluffing its feathers – Tampa Bay, Florida
ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/5000 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

The early breeding season, late January to early March, is when the breeding colors are at their brightest. The January tour is well timed to create this type of images.

Juvenile Spoonbill - Tampa Bay Photography
Juvenile Spoonbill preening – Tampa Bay, Florida
ISO 1000 | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focus
Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II with the 1.4x extender and the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

In May, the first newly fledged birds come out. The Juvenile Spoonbills are actually quite cute and display full feathers on their head with a paler pink on the wings.

Florida Ospreys Photography Tour – $1,490

March 28th-29th 2020 / limit 5 people – 2 openings

Florida Osprey Photography Tour

3 boat rides on a pristine cypress trees lake. Many nests are at eye level, allowing shooting from up close in a natural habitat. No big lens needed! An ideal setup for beginners… 2 working lunch sessions with lunch included. $300 deposit. If you also sign up for a Spoonbill tour you are entitled to a $300 discount on this tour. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com

Florida Spoonbills Photography Tour – $1,390

January 22nd-23rd 2020 / limit 6 people – 5 openings

February 22nd-23rd 2020 / limit 6 people – Full

May 2nd-3rd 2020 / limit 6 people – 1 opening

Florida Spoonbills Photography Workshop

2 working lunches and 3 boat rides to the absolute best rookery to photograph spoonbills with breeding colors. $250 deposit. Breeding colors are a bit more intense in February, while May is likely to have new fledglings in the open. Also sign up for the Osprey tour and get a $300 discount on the Osprey one. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com

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